Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado, MD, FAANS, FACS - University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus  - Professor Neurosurgery

Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado

MD, FAANS, FACS

University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus

Professor Neurosurgery

San Juan , Puerto Rico | United States

Main Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Additional Specialties: Neurosurgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery

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Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado, MD, FAANS, FACS - University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus  - Professor Neurosurgery

Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado

MD, FAANS, FACS

Introduction

Dr. Rafael Rodríguez Mercado was appointed the 22nd Secretary of the Department of Health of Puerto Rico on January 12, 2017. He brings a wealth of experience to the Department as a Colonel in the United States Army, serving in the Medical Reserve, as a neurosurgeon supporting Walter Reed Medical Hospital and Brook Army Medical Center. At the present moment is the Command Surgeon of the 1st Mission Support Command USAR at Fort Buchanan, PR. He serves as Director for a renowned Endovascular Neurosurgery Program and is the former Chancellor of the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. He has applied this experience to the current’s administration’s public health policy centered of three strategic pillars: A patient-centered health system, fair and accessible health services and an emphasis on primary care and prevention.

Dr. Rodríguez Mercado was born in 1961 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Puerto Rico. As a student, he received the research and student leadership awards, as well as the recognition of the House of Representatives in 1988. He completed an internship in Straight General Surgery and his specialty in Neurosurgery after seven years of traineeship at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine. Then, he obtained a subspecialty in endovascular neurosurgery from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

While practicing as a neurosurgeon, Dr. Rodriguez Mercado maintained a professorship at the University of School of Medicine, remained Director of the Endovascular Surgery Program of this institution, continues to lead the same program at Puerto Rico Medical Services Administration (ASEM) Stroke Medical Center and, mentored future leaders in neuroendovascular surgery since 2001, as the Director of the Fellows Training Program in Neuroendovascular Surgery. He has completed over 4,000 endovascular corrections in patients with intracranial congenital vascular malformations, being the largest world series of corrections with the lowest postoperative mortalities.

He is a member of 15 prestigious international medical societies and has participated in multiple scientific research projects. He has made more than 140 oral presentations in Puerto Rico and in more than 20 countries such as South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Spain, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela. He has been a lecturer outside of Puerto Rico on 80 occasions. Is author and co-author of 25 scientific articles in prestigious journals, such as Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, Stroke, American Journal of Neuroradiology, and has written chapters of three health books.

Dr. Rodriguez has been surrounded by excellence and achievements. His Endovascular Surgery program is recognized worldwide. He continued his clinical and academic work until January 2017, when he unanimously confirmed by the Senate after being appointed by Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares as Secretary of Health of PR.

His life’s work and dedication embodies the mission of the Department, to promote and preserve health as an essential condition in humans to enjoy from physical, emotional, and social wellness, and thus contribute to the society with their productive and creative effort.



Primary Affiliation: University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus - San Juan , Puerto Rico , United States

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Education

Jun 1997
State University of New York at Buffalo
Fellowship
Endovascular Neurosurgery
Jul 1995
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Residency
Neurological Surgery
Jun 1989
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Intership
General Surgery
Jun 1988
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
MD

Publications

23Publications

721Reads

1621Profile Views

112PubMed Central Citations

Effect of Advanced Age on Stereotactic Radiosurgery Outcomes for Brain Arteriovenous Malformations: A Multicenter Matched Cohort Study.

World Neurosurg 2018 Nov 30;119:e429-e440. Epub 2018 Jul 30.

Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2018.07.178DOI Listing
November 2018
13 Reads
2.420 Impact Factor

Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Pediatric Versus Adult Brain Arteriovenous Malformations.

Stroke 2018 Aug;49(8):1939-1945

From the Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville (C.-J.C., J.P.S.).

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.118.022052DOI Listing
August 2018
9 Reads
5.723 Impact Factor

Stereotactic radiosurgery for cerebellar arteriovenous malformations: an international multicenter study.

J Neurosurg 2017 Sep 30;127(3):512-521. Epub 2016 Sep 30.

Department of Neurosurgery and Gamma-Knife Center, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3171/2016.7.JNS161208DOI Listing
September 2017
63 Reads
3.740 Impact Factor

Radiosurgery for Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformations in A Randomized Trial of Unruptured Brain Arteriovenous Malformations (ARUBA)-Eligible Patients: A Multicenter Study.

Stroke 2016 Feb 10;47(2):342-9. Epub 2015 Dec 10.

From the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (D.D., R.M.S., J.P.S.); Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, PA (H.K., L.D.L.); Division of Neurosurgery, Centre de recherché du CHUS, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada (D.M.); Department of Neurosurgery, New York University Langone Medical Center (P.H., D.K.); Section of Neurological Surgery, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico (C.F., R.R.-M., L.A.); Department of Radiation Oncology, Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak, MI (I.S.G.); and Department of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH (D.S., M.A., S.M., G.H.B.).

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.115.011400DOI Listing
February 2016
27 Reads
5 Citations
5.723 Impact Factor

Burden of stroke in Puerto Rico.

Int J Stroke 2015 Jan 20;10(1):117-9. Epub 2014 Aug 20.

FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijs.12350DOI Listing
January 2015
14 Reads
6 Citations
3.833 Impact Factor

Color-coded digital subtraction angiography in the management of a rare case of middle cerebral artery pure arterial malformation. A technical and case report.

Interv Neuroradiol 2014 Dec 5;20(6):715-21. Epub 2014 Dec 5.

Department of Surgery-Neurosurgery Section, University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus; San Juan, Puerto Rico - Neuroendovascular Surgery and Stroke Program, Puerto Rico Medical Services Administration; San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.15274/INR-2014-10086DOI Listing
December 2014
33 Reads
2 Citations
0.730 Impact Factor

Arteriovenous fistula presenting as a failed hearing test.

Am J Otolaryngol 2014 May-Jun;35(3):449-51. Epub 2013 Dec 24.

Neurosurgery, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amjoto.2013.12.010DOI Listing
December 2014
10 Reads
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Acute neuronal injury and blood genomic profiles in a nonhuman primate model for ischemic stroke.

Comp Med 2012 Oct;62(5):427-38

Department of Neurosurgery, Caribbean Primate Research Center, Animal Resources Center, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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October 2012
14 Reads
7 Citations
0.760 Impact Factor

Long-term results of enterprise stent-assisted coiling of cerebral aneurysms.

Neurosurgery 2012 Aug;71(2):239-44; discussion 244

Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1227/NEU.0b013e3182571953DOI Listing
August 2012
11 Reads
20 Citations
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Extracranial carotid artery stenting: the Puerto Rico medical center endovascular neurosurgery service experience.

P R Health Sci J 2011 Jun;30(2):69-72

Section of Neurological Surgery Neuroendovascular Surgery Program, Department of Surgery, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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June 2011
32 Reads
0.670 Impact Factor

A proposal for a new arteriovenous malformation grading scale for neuroendovascular procedures and literature review.

P R Health Sci J 2010 Jun;29(2):117-20

Department of Surgery, Section of Neurological Surgery Neuroendovascular Surgery Program.

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June 2010
87 Reads
3 Citations
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Defining the risk of retreatment for aneurysm recurrence or residual after initial treatment by endovascular coiling: a multicenter study.

Neurosurgery 2009 Aug;65(2):311-5; discussion 315

Department of Neurosurgery, University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, Mayfield Clinic, Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0515, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1227/01.NEU.0000349922.05350.96DOI Listing
August 2009
13 Reads
6 Citations
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Treatment of intracranial aneurysms with the Enterprise stent: a multicenter registry.

J Neurosurg 2009 Jan;110(1):35-9

Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3171/2008.7.JNS08322DOI Listing
January 2009
12 Reads
33 Citations
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Evaluation of pediatric patients with vascular malformations managed with endovascular and radiosurgical techniques using a modified Rankin Disability Scale.

P R Health Sci J 2008 Mar;27(1):27-33

Department of Surgery, Section of Neurological Surgery, Neuroendovascular Surgery Program, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan.

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March 2008
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